A veneer is a layer that is usually made to fit on the surface of the tooth so as to re-create its natural look, while also improving its strength. It is a treatment that can be used to treat those with discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or gaps.
They can be made of porcelain or a composite material that has a natural color and are held in place with a strong adhesive. A unique shade of porcelain can be used to get the right color that will improve a discolored tooth or whiten the front surface of teeth. Smile Dzine is a board-certified dental practice, and veneers Los Angeles is one of our specialties.
Preparation for the operation.
The enamel, which is the outer surface of the tooth, is scraped off so as to make a base for a strong bond with the adhesive that is to be used. This is because the enamel is smoother and thus it would be difficult for the adhesive to bond permanently with the veneer.
The thickness of the enamel that is removed is equal to the thickness of the veneer that is to be fitted. A local anesthetic may be administered so as to avoid discomfort but not necessarily since the procedure is painless. An impression of the tooth is then obtained so as to produce a veneer that fits best, and the impression is given to a dental lab technician with any other necessary information that may e required so as to get a customized veneer. The color of the veneer is given a shade similar to that of the surrounding teeth so as to ensure that it looks natural to the eye.
A veneer requires at least two visits to a dental clinic; the first visit is to prepare the tooth and obtain an appropriate shade that would look natural once the veneer is fitted. The second visit should include the actual fitting of the veneer. The veneer is then cured for about a minute on the surfaces so as to attach it to the tooth structure. The dentist will then remove any foreign materials around the tooth and polish the margins of the veneer.
Care for veneers.
If well-tended and maintained, veneers can last for years. However, just like actual teeth, veneers can break or crack on the surfaces. Small cracks can be repaired, but if it forms a relatively big chip, then the veneer can be replaced; depending on the diagnosis of the dentist.
Normal brushing and flossing should be done for veneers just as is the case in actual teeth. Non-Abrasive fluoride toothpaste should be used and foods that could induce stains on the tooth should be avoided. However, no matter how well veneers are maintained, they ultimately wear out and have to be replaced; thus replacement should be included as a way of maintenance.
Proper and adequate hygiene will help then last as long as possible. Before settling on a veneer, one should consult widely with a dentist to understand the process and the cost. Book an appointment with us today for the best veneers Los Angeles has to offer.